Anniversary Weekend Retreat

Last weekend, Mo and I had the opportunity to stay at Copperstone Inn, the B&B on the same property where we got married. A “relaxing weekend” has been nonexistent since moving back to Chicago, so we were extra grateful for a quiet retreat (shoutout to our folks who puppysat Sydney!). We had a great time reliving our wedding weekend and I wanted to share some of these moments with you!

Let me warn you- our weekend consisted of a lot of delicious food… so don’t read this while you’re hungry!

We drove up to Rockford to pick up a replica of the top tier of our wedding cake replica (!!) and ate lunch at Mary’s Market, which was a top caterer contender for our wedding. Sweet potato tomato soup and 1/2 brie grilled cheese sandwich hit the spot on a cold, dreary day.

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Wedding Cake: 2014 and 2016 replica

On our wedding night, we stayed in the beautiful Queen’s Retreat suite, but decided to try a new room this year. The Limestone Loft was spacious and cozy with a bathroom the size of our Chicago apartment.

Queen’s Retreat 2014 and Limestone Loft 2016

We ate dinner the first night at Abreo, the restaurant where our rehearsal dinner was held. It is a tapas style restaurant, which means we got to try multiple different dishes, including mashed potato martinis! We walked to the Rockford Carlisle Brewery after dinner to try their famous vanilla beer. For someone who doesn’t like beer, I actually really enjoyed it!

Abreo 2014 (Rehearsal Dinner) and 2016

We had hoped to go to church at Rockton United Methodist church the following morning, but we unfortunately had to pick between going to church or Copperstone’s homemade breakfast… We ate breakfast and we walked down to the Pavilion and around the property. We couldn’t believe how similar the weather was to the day we got married!

The Pavilion 2014 and 2016

Our First Look location 2014 and 2016

After our walk, we warmed up in the hot tub. On the night of our wedding, my sister had given us a basket with carefully thought out snacks. Our favorite was the champagne, goat cheese and crackers. We decided to keep the tradition alive, this time with Sangria instead of champagne.

We watched our full wedding video (and a number of Making a Murderer episodes) and reminisced on wedding memories, while creating new memories as well. If you were at our wedding, THANK YOU for making it the best day of our life. If you weren’t, we missed you! Check out our highlight video to relive the memories with us!


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